Tackling global issues like climate change through U.S. education means looking to Indigenous peoples for best practices regarding caring for the natural world. This talk will be about relationships between human and plant communities, situated in Indigenous knowledge systems. Nikki McDaid considers how supporting these relationships in an Indigenous STEAM program can open possibilities for different climate futures.
Nikki McDaid (Shoshone-Bannock, Paiute) is a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. Her research interests are broadly focused on learning environments at the intersection of land-based education and Indigenous resurgence. More specifically, she wants to understand the ways that Indigenous youth in a land-based learning environment recognize the personhood of plants and more-than-human animals and whether the propensity to do so might have an effect on the ways youth engage in decision-making around social and environmental concerns.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
This lecture — titled "This is how we show up for our relatives: Understanding how Indigenous relative caregivers embody traditional kinship to resist the colonial child welfare system" — will focus on Dr. Waubanascum's dissertation, which uncovered ongoing colonialism perpetuated by the modern child welfare system and how Indigenous relatives continue to reclaim and live their traditional kinship. Her work focuses on identifying and challenging ongoing colonialism and Indigenous erasure and reclaiming Indigenous lifeways.
Cary Waubanascum is a proud member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Wakeny^ta (Turtle Clan), with ancestral roots in the Menominee, Forest County Potawatomi, and Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Nations of Wisconsin. She is a wife to Lance and Aknulha to a son, daughter, and eight nephews.
She earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in Mni Sota Makoce. She was a social worker for 10 years with Tribal communities in Northeastern Wisconsin and throughout Turtle Island. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Professional Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Join the Native American Task Force as they celebrate and kick off a month-long schedule of speakers celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Talks will be held from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday during the month.